Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Court Victory for Coghlan as Partner Is Cleared ; Perjury Case against Girlfriend Thrown Out

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Court Victory for Coghlan as Partner Is Cleared ; Perjury Case against Girlfriend Thrown Out

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ATOP judge has thrown out a perjury case against the partner of controversial businessman Arran Coghlan - and labelled the prosecution a 'catastrophic failure'.

Claire Burgoyne, the partner of Mr Coghlan - who has been cleared of three separate murder charges - was accused of twice conspiring to pervert the course of justice to avoid speeding points.

Prosecutors claimed Miss Burgoyne's Range Rover had been caught speeding on the A34 in Cheadle Hulme in January 2010. And they claimed an Audi RS4 Quattro registered to Mr Coghlan had been snapped speeding in Brinnington Rise, Brinnington, the following month.

They also claimed that notices of intended prosecution had been sent back, giving details of a fictitious driver.

Miss Burgoyne denied the allegations, and claimed the Range Rover was on the drive of the mansion she shares with Mr Coghlan in Alderley Edge at the time of the first offence.

She said police knew that - because the house was under surveillance following the death of Stephen Akinyemi.

Mr Akinyemi was killed after a violent struggle with Mr Coghlan at the Pounds 2m converted chapel in Brook Lane. Mr Coghlan was later cleared of his murder.

Miss Burgoyne - who was aided by Mr Coghlan's legal defence company True Matrix Limited - argued that the surveillance log proved her case, but prosecutors had failed to provide the evidence to the court.

In the second case, involving the Audi, Miss Burgoyne argued that the car had been sold six months before the alleged speeding offence. She claimed police records would also prove that - but once again prosecutors had failed to provide them.

The case against her was dramatically thrown out by a judge at the start of her trial at Burnley Crown Court.

Judge Anthony Russell QC slammed the Crown Prosecution Service for failing to disclose information requested by the court and defence. …

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